African Memories

Travels to the Interior of Africa

Non-Fiction - Travel
117 Pages
Reviewed on 12/26/2016
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Author Biography

Ndeye Awa Labadens, a DBA candidate, is an author, entrepreneur and world traveler. Born in Senegal, West Africa. The constant moving taught her a valuable lesson: how to adapt to new environments.

With strong followings on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Blogspot, Labadens social media presence has allowed her to detail her travels and experiences to an enthusiastic audience. The popular reaction to her posts inspired her to compile her experiences into a book so that others can take this journey with her.

Labadens working as a consultant, and has recently begun a DBA to receive her Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in Entrepreneurship. She also is working on her fifth book entitled, Playbook Strategy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

African Memories: Travels to the Interior of Africa by Ndeye Labadens is an exciting journey where readers are taken into the heart of Africa. The author captures the beauty, sights, and sounds of Africa in a way that readers will want to pack their bags and discover all the places there - whether it is Senegal, the author’s home country, or Ghana, The Gambia, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Cameroon, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Benin, Cabo Verde, Mali, or the other places covered. The beauty of each country is displayed through stunning pictures that will make readers see the diversity of each place.

Traveling is an education by itself and it exposes the traveler to life, people, and different cultures and surroundings with a different perspective. The author captures the nuances, the ambiance, and every small detail with enthusiasm, and gives readers the opportunity to experience the adventures of traveling to Africa. The vivid descriptions and detailed narration bring the places alive for readers and the pictures help them connect well with the author’s words.

It’s a must-read for all those who love traveling to new destinations, seeking adventures and excitement. The book will make readers dream; the roads, the culture, food, people, and society are enticing and will give readers a sense of adventure and excitement that comes with traveling and exploring new places. The author makes Africa a dream destination through her photographs and narration!

Dale East

It's like taking an adventure without having to leave home.

As an aspiring world traveler, I found this book refreshing. Reading the authors' accounts of traveling all over Africa was like being there. Even though some things have changed in some o the locations, like the Ivory Coast, the authors' accounts were refreshing. I found some spots from this book that are now on my bucket list of places to visit. It's like taking an adventure without having to leave home.

D. Cherry

A great way to "see" Africa!
She makes you feel like a good friend invited along to enjoy her travels through places you dreamed of seeing in person. The photos give you, even more sense of being there all while savoring it through Ndeye's travel expertise, curiosity & appreciation for other cultures. AND how cool is it that besides all her entrepreneurial talents, she is also a small plane pilot! What better way to see the countryside. This book is a neat way to have that African travel adventure you've dreamed of and made possible by just diving into the pages of her book. So, where are you traveling to next, Ndeye?

Amazon Customers

She is like an artist painting with words

Ndeye's new book African Memories is absorbing; it gives you not only a view of Africa from a local point of view, but this also gives you an in-depth look at her life, and everyday affairs, and how to deal with them.
You will find her life and travels, are fascinating, how could one do so much, in such a brief time, It's because she is tireless, in her work and studies,
She is meticulous in her planning, whether it be with his day, agenda, or preparing for an excursion.
All these qualities show in her African Memories, the details of her travels. As you read, takes you along on the trip as if you were there yourself,
She is like an artist painting a portrait, her book the canvas, her words the colors, her computer the brush,
Her product, art. Worth reading.
She includes photos of her, adventures and mishaps.
Some photos will amaze you, the beautiful sights and colors of Africa are breathtaking; She has an eye for nature, people, events,
you should read this book, add it to your collection; you won't regret it!

Amazon Customer

Wonderful Journey!
What an amazing book! Ndeye Labadens takes you on her journey through Africa in a way that you truly feel like you are there with her. Her personal images underline the stories. She describes every country distinctively and yet has an attention to detail that is impeccable. The fascinating stories keep you engaged, and you just can't put the book down until you are done. I especially enjoyed her description of Kenya, and I can't wait to see for myself this beautiful country! You have to read this book!

Ray Brehm

Authentic, Real Life view of the African Continent.....Highly Recommended!
By Ray Brehm on December 24, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
I think travel to Africa is on everyone's bucket list. It seems so far away and mysterious. The author brings you right there, and not in a Trip Advisor way, but in a real life way. When I travel, I like to immerse myself in the local culture and avoid the tourist spots.

This book fits my needs completely. It brings a completely authentic feel and vision about so many countries from her birthplace in Senegal all the way up to Egypt. If you want to start researching Africa or simply want to learn more, this book is for you.

Ndeye Awa Labadens

You would be crazy to not read this book. It is truly Inspiring.

Tim Ebl

This shows a side of Africa I never read much about. The real life adventures of a brave young woman as she travels through several countries. Her experiences with flying planes (and related mishaps!) was great to experience through her words and pictures. It's a unique publication, written in a very personal style. A great way to start learning about travel in Africa.


Ndeye is pure passion! She takes you beyond your imagination with her images and words. The pictures take you there and really get you feeling the moment she was in. As an x-flight attendant and someone who has travelled all over the world and seen many places it was really great to see someone that shares their experiences so authentically and realistically. This book is a must read for anyone who has traveled, wants to travel or just wants to expand their cultural and ethnic knowledge!


I loved this book! Ndeye Labadens descriptions are so detailed its as if you are on the trip with her!

Erik Ohlsen

A Mesmerizing Adventure

Ndeye Labadens takes us on a beautiful adventure through Africa. I felt like I was there experiencing the landscape and the culture for myself. I dream of visiting Africa in person someday and after reading this book even more so! Until I can make that happen, ​African Memories satisfies that itch.

Olayinka Oladiran

An absolute all-rounder. Very pleased to read African Memories and used my imagination a lot to navigate through as the narration went on. As someone who has only lived in just one of the many countries (Nigeria) detailed herein, I must say, I have learned much more about the other countries mentioned. The different cities and towns, the cultural differences, the food and the way they were presented gave me much of what I would expect when I go visiting. African Memories will help those like me that have not traversed these countries before to have the basics of what to expect. It also gives information about the resources available on arrival, interesting places to visit and locations of relaxation to wind down when necessary. I will recommend this book as a leisure guide when visiting any of the countries highlighted within this book - put it along in your bag pack and download on your mobile devices as well...very helpful.

Huffington Post

Want to know the real Africa? Don’t miss this one!
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

We often travel by looking up the ‘most-visited spots’ and checking off must-do and must-see places on the list. Ndeye Labadens, through her book, ‘African Memories’ opens our eyes to the art of travel.

Ndeye’s book, “African Memories” is a breathtaking account of her travel memories in 14 countries in the African continent. Her account not only includes offbeat and interesting places that are hardly found on the brochure of a travel agent, but also reveals an unhurried and open perspective that is essential to the spirit of travel.

African memories details her journey through Senegal, Ghana, The Gambia, Mauritania, Cote D’Ivoire or Ivory Coast, Morocco Cameroon, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Benin, Cabo Verde and Mali. Ndeye takes us through these countries be donning several roles- as a small plane pilot, a model, traveler or a student. Every country holds a few fascinating secrets deep close to its heart and reading Ndeye’s book feels like she is gently coaxing the place to reveal itself to her.

This book takes you through the smells and sights of the place. It is so fresh and intimate that the reader would feel the beaches on his skin, or the touch of perfume of the forests on his nostrils, the taste of local cuisines on this tongue. ‘African tribes’ is not just a generic term bundling everyone together, but become unique groups of people to be understood and admired. As a model, she delves deep into the lifestyle of the African folks at close quarters. She takes you through the high life of luxurious hotels as well as the rustic beauty of the rural dwellers. She tops it will stunning visuals of the places she has visited along with tips on how to make the most of your travel plans.

If you know someone that loves to travel, this could be a great gift idea.